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An above-ground biomass map of African savannahs and woodlands at 25m resolution derived from ALOS PALSAR

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dc.contributor.author Bouvet, A
dc.contributor.author Mermoz, S
dc.contributor.author Le Toan, T
dc.contributor.author Villard, L
dc.contributor.author Mathieu, Renaud SA
dc.contributor.author Naidoo, Laven
dc.contributor.author Asner, GP
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-01T09:21:52Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-01T09:21:52Z
dc.date.issued 2018-03
dc.identifier.citation Bouvet, A. et al. 2018. An above-ground biomass map of African savannahs and woodlands at 25m resolution derived from ALOS PALSAR. Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 206: 156-173 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0034-4257
dc.identifier.issn 1879-0704
dc.identifier.uri https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0034425717306053
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10204/10888
dc.description © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY-NC-ND/4.0/). en_US
dc.description.abstract Savannahs and woodlands are among the most important biomes in Africa: they cover half of sub-Saharan Africa, provide vital ecosystem services to the rural communities, and play a major part in the carbon budget. Despite their importance and their fragility, they are much less studied than other ecosystems like rainforests. In particular, the distribution and amount of the above-ground woody biomass (AGB) is largely unknown. In this paper, we produce the first continental map of the AGB of African savannahs and woodlands at a resolution of 25 m. The map is built from the 2010 L-band PALSAR mosaic produced by JAXA, along the following steps: a) stratification into wet/dry season areas in order to account for seasonal effects, b) development of a direct model relating the PALSAR backscatter to AGB, with the help of in situ and ancillary data, c) Bayesian inversion of the direct model. A value of AGB and its uncertainty has been assigned to each pixel. This approach allows estimating AGB until 85 Mg·ha- 1 approximately, while dense forests and non-vegetated areas are masked out using the ESA CCI Land Cover dataset. The resulting map is visually compared with existing AGB maps and is validated using a cross-validation approach and a comparison with AGB estimates obtained from LiDAR datasets, leading to an RMSD of 8 to 17 Mg·ha- 1. Finally, carbon stocks for savannahs in Africa and in 50 countries are estimated and compared with estimates by FAO and from AGB maps available over Africa. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Worklist;22358
dc.subject Above-ground biomass en_US
dc.subject PALSAR en_US
dc.subject Savannahs en_US
dc.subject Woodlands en_US
dc.title An above-ground biomass map of African savannahs and woodlands at 25m resolution derived from ALOS PALSAR en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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